Enneagram Six: College Edition
Learn about the Grace College Experience through the lens of an Enneagram Six: The “Loyalist”
The Enneagram is a fascinating personality typing system that teaches there are nine different personality styles in the world. If you don’t know anything about the enneagram, visit the Enneagram Institute online to learn more. If you are a self-proclaimed “Enneagram-er,” read on!
Sixes are known as the “Loyalist.” They are the Committed, Security-Oriented Type: Engaging, Responsible, Anxious, and Suspicious.
Why do you identify as a six?
I like to have a support system and to feel safe.
How has that played into your college experience?
Grace College has been a good fit because I have a great support system around me–from my roommates to my classmates, my basketball team to my professors.
What study tips do you have for your fellow sixes?
Study with a group of people and go to all of the extra labs that are offered.
How are you involved on campus?
I’m on the women’s basketball team.
Things to Consider While Selecting a College:
There are so many things to consider while choosing a college, but here is a factor that might be extra important to consider as a six.
Tight-knit and Supportive Community — As a six, having a close network of friends and family is key to your success. You will do your best school work, make meaningful memories, and be your best self when you know that you are supported and safe. Did you know? Grace College is located in Winona Lake–rated the No. 5 safest place to live in Indiana.
Majors that You Might Thrive In:
We aren’t saying that these are the only programs that you would fit in, nor are we suggesting that every enneagram six would be good in these fields. However, given your natural tendencies, you might just have a knack for one of these.
Accounting / Finance — Loyalists crave stability, they don’t like to be surprised by things, and they are experts at risk assessment (a two-for-one package with worst-case-scenario thinking). These things lend themselves nicely to careers in finance and accounting.
Campus Involvement Opportunities:
Again, these are not cookie-cutter placements, but here are some ways that, as a six, you can capitalize on your gifts and provide a safe and supportive environment for others.
Growth Groups — Once you arrive at Grace, you will be placed in a Growth Group: a tight-knit cluster led by upperclassmen on your hall that will be your safe space to ask questions, dig deeper, and pursue vulnerability. As an upperclassmen, you might make for an awesome GGL (Growth Group Leader) to help create a safe space for freshmen.
Student Mentors — A student mentor is another position for upperclassmen to provide support to freshmen as they make the transition from high school to college…a perfect role for someone who is responsible, committed, and engaging.
Grace College alumnus gives advice to college students who identify as a six.
Austin Altimus, 2014 Graduate, Enneagram 6
When I was in college I would figure out exactly what my grade was in classes so that going into my final, I knew the lowest grade I needed to pass. Haha–it was definitely worst-case scenario thinking.
Also, since I always had such a small group of close friends I didn’t ever really want to expand that. I think that mentality can be both good and bad. Good, because I had close friends that I loved, but bad because I was satisfied with having them and didn’t care to get to know anyone else. So be careful that your loyalty to your close friends does not become a fault of yours.
Ways to Pursue Growth:
Here’s a practical growth step for you during your college experience.
Get out of your comfort zone. Join a group, or go to an event where you don’t know anyone. Make a new friend.